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Listen to Hozier’s new single “Sedated”

Hozier | Photo by Cameron Pollack
Hozier | Photo by Cameron Pollack

The latest single from Irish troubadour Hozier is both a somber introspection and a strident anthem. The singer, who just performed at XPN’s NonCOMM and announced a debut headlining show at The Trocadero this fall, evokes the brooding piano pulse of James Blake’s cover of “Limit to Your Love” on the quiet verse, but swells to something rousing, anthemic and positively pop-oriented on the very U2-esque refrain. The song premiered on the BBC last night; take a listen below, and catch Hozier at The Troc on November 1st. Tickets and info can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Against Me! at The Trocadero, Oneohtrix Point Never at Boot and Saddle, and Dangerbird / SGNLS @ PhilaMOCA

Against Me! | Photo by Debi Del Grande | via facebook.com/AgainstMe
Against Me! | Photo by Debi Del Grande | via facebook.com/AgainstMe

Punk rockers Against Me! will take to the Trocadero stage tonight in support of their latest album Transgender Dysphoria Blues. Frontwoman Laura Jane Grace will soon star in her own reality series for AOL which follows the singer’s journey through personal and professional struggles that have influenced the new record. Watch them perform “Fuckmylife666″ on Letterman below and get tickets here.

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Bayside and more play to a sold-out crowd at The Trocadero

Bayside | Photo by Alexandra Healey | alexandraelisabettaphoto.tumblr.com
Bayside | Photo by Alexandra Healey | alexandraelisabettaphoto.tumblr.com

Long-running New York pop-punk crew Bayside hit The Troc earlier this month for a sold-out show with Doylestown four-piece Daylight (which has since changed its name to Superheaven) and Mixtapes. Bayside is on tour in support of Cult, it’s first release for Hopeless Records and its sixth album overall. Check out photos from the show in the gallery below.

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Gary Numan at The Trocadero

Gary Numan | Photo by John Vettese
Gary Numan | Photo by John Vettese

80s icon Gary Numan headlines The Troacadero tonight in support of his latest album, Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind), released back in October. A driving mix of heavy industrial textures and dark melodies, it shows the singer in top form, and his setlists from earlier tour dates sees him balancing the new tracks with classics from his back catalog – like “Metal” and “Are ‘Friends’ Electric.” Download the single “I Am Dust” below and get tickets and information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Magnet Magazine is throwing a birthday bash at The Troc with Guided By Voices, Surfer Blood, Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus | photo by Chris Durbin
Titus Andronicus | photo by Chris Durbin

Indie music magazine Magnet turns 21 this year and it is gearing up to celebrate in a big way.  The locally founded and run publication has invited indie rock veterans Guided By Voices to headline a birthday show at The Trocadero on May 22nd, supported by alt rockers Surfer Blood and Jersey punk rockers Titus Andronicus.  Tickets for the 21+ event will be available here.  Check out videos from the performers below.

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Chill Moody preps for the impending rap takeover on his new track “Godzilla”

Artwork via soundcloud.com/chillmoody
Artwork via soundcloud.com/chillmoody

Philly’s Chill Moody is asserting dominance via hashtag rap on his new Mike Zombie-assisted track “Godzilla”. Both rappers spit lethal rhymes over the beat which includes a loop of what sounds like a shrieking Godzilla. Before getting sentimental at Hard Rock Cafe for his annual Valentines Day show (inspired by his mixtape Who Do You Love) on February 7th (tickets here), Chill Moody will blaze the Trocadero stage on January 30th. Get tickets here (for 96 cents!).

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Rail Park Benefit at Union Transfer, Erin McKeown Anti-Holiday Spectacular at Ardmore Music Hall, Lupe Fiasco at The Trocadero and more

Photo by Joe Del Tufo
Photo by Joe Del Tufo

Tonight, Union Transfer hosts a star-studded fundraiser concert for The Rail Park – a proposed public green space built along the rail tracks of the abandoned reading viaduct. The concert, which looks to raise money for the first phase of the project, will feature performances by Birdie Busch, Sharon Van Etten, Spank Rock and more. It also includes what is rumored to be The Walkmen‘s final performance…at least for a long time. All of the event’s proceeds will benefit Friends of the Rail Park; get tickets here.

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Just Announced: Broken Bells releasing new LP in January, coming to The Trocadero in March

 

Broken Bells | photo via www.facebook.com/brokenbellsmusic
Broken Bells | photo via www.facebook.com/brokenbellsmusic

Broken Bells, the collaborative project between James Mercer (The Shins) and producer extraordinnaire Dangermouse, are back with a new record and tour.  After the Disco will be released in January, with the tour bringing Broken Bells to The Trocadero on March 8th.  After the Disco follows the duo’s 2010 debut self-titled LP.  Tickets for the Philadelphia date go on sale Friday, November 22nd at 10 a.m. and will be available here.  Listen to the first single from the record below – “Holding on For Life” is a slick track that bounces between spacey electronica and Bee Gees-esque pop.

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The Sound Of Animals Fighting announce their first shows in seven years (playing The Trocadero 3/20)

Experimental rock outfit The Sound Of Animals Fighting recently announced that they will play a string of five shows this upcoming March, and that they will kick it all off at The Trocadero. The band has not been active in recent years; their most recent performance was in 2006, and their most recent release was The Ocean and the Sun back in 2008. Despite the seemingly short life span of the band, they have a cult following for their bizarre samples and time signatures. Oh, and for Anthony Green screaming over breakneck riffs and spastic drums. Fronted by the Circa Survive frontman (who we’re featuring this week in the Unlocked series), the band consists of current and former RX Bandits members Matt Embree, Chris Tsagakis and Rich Balling. From the band’s Facebook page:

In the signature spirit of The Sound of Animals Fighting’s always unique ventures, fans can again expect a one-of-a-kind experience at the upcoming tour dates, complete with intimate vignette solo performances by the likes of Embree, Green, and C-Gak as they enter the shows.

If you need more evidence that this show is going to be crazy, check out a video of one of their older performances below. Buy tickets to the show at The Troc here starting Friday November 15th at noon.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Orb at The Trocadero, James Hunter Six at World Cafe Live at The Queen, XPN Welcomes Diego Garcia at World Cafe Live and more

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English electronic duo The Orb bring their 25th anniversary tour to The Trocadero tonight.  Bandmates Alex Paterson and Martin “Youth” Glover have marked the quarter-century milestone with a new album called More Tales from the Orbservatory, released on Cooking Vinyl this past June.  The album matches the auditory structure of earlier releases, synching European-sounding house music with vocal samples that are usually spoken rather than sung.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show can be found here.  Watch a live video of The Orb performing “Little Fluffy Clouds” below.

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